FLEMINGTON, NJ - The Hunterdon County Department of Health has confirmed a positive case of COVID at the Reading-Fleming Intermediate School.

According to a message from Superintendent Kari McGann, an employee at the school tested positive Friday.

On Friday and over the weekend, McGann said, the DOH will conduct contact tracing to determine who may have been in close contact with the person and exposed.

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"At this time, using initial guidance from the DOH, we believe Reading-Fleming Intermediate School will be open for students on Monday, Oct. 26, for those who are not required to quarantine," she said. "If future guidance requires a Reading-Fleming Intermediate School closure, the district will notify the Reading-Fleming Intermediate School community with a phone call, text message and email."

McGann said the district is unable to share any additional identifying information about any positive cases, but will contact anyone who has been in close contact with the ill person with quarantine instructions within 24 hours.

"If a student is given quarantine instructions, the student will need to stay home," she said. "For students, this means they may not come to school on in-person instruction days during the quarantine period. The student will have access to our remote instruction program during this time."

McGann said the community is seeing cases among youth as a result of exposure in community-based athletics, at social gatherings and in other activities outside of school.

"The continuation of in-person instruction and the continued health of our entire community requires that everyone take all appropriate masking, distancing and hygiene precautions at all times, not just while at school," she said.

Read the full message below:

Dear Flemington-Raritan Regional School District Faculty, Staff, Families and Community Members,

This evening, the Hunterdon County Department of Health (DOH) has confirmed a case of COVID-19 in the Flemington-Raritan Regional School District -- an employee at Reading-Fleming Intermediate School. Tonight and over the weekend the DOH is conducting contract tracing to determine those who may have been in close contact and exposed.  At this time, using initial guidance from the DOH, we believe Reading-Fleming Intermediate School will be open for students and staff on Monday, October 26, 2020, for those who are not required to quarantine. If future guidance requires a Reading-Fleming Intermediate School closure, the district will notify the Reading-Fleming Intermediate School community with a phone call, text message, and email.

We must follow very specific procedures with our partners at the DOH and are not able to share 

any additional identifying information about any positive cases. The DOH will contact any staff member or student who has been in close contact with an ill person with quarantine instructions within 24 hours. If a student is given quarantine instructions, the student will need to stay home. For students, this means they may not come to school on in-person instruction days during the quarantine period. The student will have access to our remote instruction program during this time. 

Our community is seeing cases among youth as a result of exposure in community-based athletics, at social gatherings, and in other activities outside of school. The continuation of in-person instruction and the continued health of our entire community requires that everyone take all appropriate masking, distancing, and hygiene precautions at all times, not just while at school. Please review these precautions with your child and with your family: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html

COVID-19 has the following symptoms: fever (temperature of 100.4 or greater) or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, a new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion, or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea. If children experience any of these symptoms, it is critical for them to stay home from school. If you have any questions about symptoms or any other concerns for you or your child, please consult your physician.

Wishing you well,

Dr. Kari McGann

Superintendent of Schools